Newly Drafted Hockey Player is Also Person With Diabetes

Earlier today, the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks made Swedish forward- and type 1 diabetic- John Dahlstrom the last pick of the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Dahlstrom, a decorated Swedish hockey player who has won championships at both the under-18 and under-20 levels in Sweden's tiered hockey leagues, only turned 18 recently. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 12. And at first he was worried that he would not be able to continue to play the sport that he loved.

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But then the talented forward found a way to turn a negative into something of a positive.

"You could say being diagnosed affected me positively," he told hockeysverige.se a few months ago. "It forced me to put more focus on what I eat, which is important. From there it's been all about routines. I know how much I should eat and when, and I always know the amount of insulin that suits me.

"Diabetes," he says, "is a part of me."

Although selected with the last pick in the draft (pick #211), it is still quite an accomplishment to be drafted at all. NHL scouting services evaluate almost 2,000 draft-age eligible players every year.

Dahlstrom is of course not alone as a hockey player with diabetes. In the 1970s, future Hall of Famer and diabetic Bobby Clarke led the Philadelphia Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Other hockey players with diabetes include professional prospects Taylor Vause and Max Domi, among others.

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